Maintaining Normalcy and Keeping Records: Tips for HVAC Maintenance

Maintaining Normalcy and Keeping Records: Tips for HVAC Maintenance

7 Tips For Extending The Life Of Your Air Conditioning Unit

by Wanda Franklin

Your budget for keeping your home cool during the warm months can grown significantly if you have to factor in the cost of a new air conditioning system. If you do not have the money in your budget now to buy the new unit, here are some tips for extending the life of your unit until you can afford a new one.

  1. Change the filter. Frequently changing the filter is a cheap fix that will help to ensure that your air stays flowing. A dirty filter can slow the flow of air and even cause your already overworked air conditioning unit to work harder to cool your home.
  2. Replace the evaporator coil. The coil helps to absorb heat that is pulled in by your air conditioning unit. The air is then changed to cool air. To extend the life of the unit, swap out the coil for a newer one.
  3. Clean the compressor. The compressor helps to remove vapor from the evaporator which helps to keep the cool air flowing. By cleaning the filter, you can not only keep the air flowing, but remove pollutants that could get trapped in your air conditioning unit.
  4. Refill the refrigerant. Ice blocks can fill the compressor and stop the flow of air from the unit. Turning off the unit and letting the ice melt is only a temporary fix. When ice forms, it is usually an indication that the refrigerant is low.
  5. Check your ducts. When the ducts are disconnected or clogged up, the vents will not blow air. Inspect your ducts for disconnected areas. You also should clear the ducts of dirt and debris. Reconnect the disconnected ducts and restart your air conditioning unit.
  6. Add insulation. In some areas of your home, the insulation might be lacking. If you find that certain rooms are cooler than others, fill the cavities in your attic with more insulation.
  7. Install solar screens. Solar screens are an inexpensive method of keeping hot sunlight out of your home. You do not have to buy screens for every window of your home. Simply replace the screens that get the most sun exposure.

With due diligence, you can extend the life of air conditioning unit. When you are able to afford the cost, replace the unit. In the future, be sure to have your new unit regularly inspected by a HVAC technician (such as one found through http://www.perryheatingandcooling.com) to get the most use out of it.


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Maintaining Normalcy and Keeping Records: Tips for HVAC Maintenance

Hi, my name is Melinda, and when I sold my home three years ago, I realized that I should have been keeping maintenance records. Because I couldn't prove that we had maintained our HVAC system, the home was actually harder to sell than it should have been. I don't want anyone else to lose money on a home sale or to experience the stress of not having the right records. Because of that, I have created this blog. It explains everything you need to know about maintaining normalcy with your HVAC system and keeping records of check-ups and repairs. Please, take a seat and enjoy reading this blog.